Which Gun Would Have Harder Recoil?

Which Gun Would Have Harder Recoil?

This is a discussion on Which Gun Would Have Harder Recoil? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; . . . a Kel-Tec p11 with standard pressure 9mm jhp (like winny white box) or a S&W 642 Airweight with 110 grain self defense ...

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    Which Gun Would Have Harder Recoil?

    . . . a Kel-Tec p11 with standard pressure 9mm jhp (like winny white box) or a S&W 642 Airweight with 110 grain self defense ammo (non +p)??

    What about the Kel-Tec with 115 grain +p versus the Smith with the 158 grain FBI load??

    what would be your choice?

    thanks in advance
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    P11 IMO - 38's aren't bad, and all the weight is moving in plastic guns.


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    On balance the semi should win - mainly because some recoil energy is being absorbed by the cycling ..... plus the bore axis could be a tad lower.

    That'd be my choice. Not, to be honest, a fan of Airweights much as I love snubbies.
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    I've fired all of the above and the Kel Tec has less perceived recoil to me. I'm with Chris, and prefer steel-framed snubs. I'm allergic to aluminum alloy and plastic.

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    I think the 642 would have more felt recoil but with the ammo you mentioned it still wouldn't be too bad.
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